CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The defense team for the former police officer charged in the death of a motorist asked for information about any promises or assurances made to the man who recorded the incident on a cell phone.
Michael Slager, 35, fatally shot 50-year-old Walter Scott on April 4, 2015, after Scott fled a traffic stop. Slager said the two wound up in a scuffle during which Scott grabbed Slager's stun gun, forcing Slager to use deadly force for self-defense.
Feidin Santana said he was passing by the scene of the incident on his way to work and began recording what he saw with his cell phone. The video of the actual shooting was made public a few days later, leading to a murder charge against Slager.
Slager's state defense team filed a motion Wednesday asking for "any and all consideration or promises of consideration, including unwritten or 'we will do our best' agreements, given to or on behalf of [Santana], or expected or hoped for" by him.
The document states:
"By 'consideration,' Slager refers to anything, whether bargained for or not, that could be of value or use to Mr. Santana or to persons of concern to Mr. Santana, including but not limited to: immigration assistance, criminal immunity, assistance or favorable treatment or recommendations with respect to any criminal or other legal dispute with the state or federal government, payments of money or reimbursement of expenses, provisions of food, clothing, shelter, transportation, or other like benefits when an appearance was required to be questioned by law enforcement, prosecutors, or to testify before a Grand Jury or any legal proceeding; or other accommodation which could arguably reveal a motive or bias by the witness in favor of the State or act as an inducement to testify or to compromise their testimony."